also luffa noun Etymology: New Latin luffa, from Arabic lūf Date: 1887 1. any of a genus (Luffa) of Old World tropical plants of the gourd family with large fruits; also its fruit 2. a sponge consisting of the fibrous skeleton of the fruit of a loofah (especially Luffa aegyptiaca)

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  • Loofah — Loofah, s.v.w. Luffa …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • loofah — 1879, from Egyptian Arabic lufah, the name of the plant (Luffa ægyptiaca) with fibrous pods from which flesh brushes are made …   Etymology dictionary

  • loofah — ► NOUN ▪ a fibrous cylindrical object used like a bath sponge, consisting of the dried inner parts of a marrow like tropical fruit. ORIGIN Egyptian Arabic …   English terms dictionary

  • loofah — [lo͞o′fə] n. [Ar lūfah] LUFFA …   English World dictionary

  • loofah — UK [ˈluːfə] / US [ˈlufə] noun [countable] Word forms loofah : singular loofah plural loofahs a long rough object that you use for washing yourself. It is made from a dried tropical fruit …   English dictionary

  • loofah — egiptinė plaušenė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Moliūginių šeimos aliejinis, daržovinis, maistinis, pluoštinis, vaistinis augalas (Luffa aegyptiaca), paplitęs atogrąžų kraštuose. atitikmenys: lot. Cucurbita luffa; Luffa aegyptiaca; Luffa… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • loofah — [[t]lu͟ːfə[/t]] loofahs N COUNT A loofah is a long rough sponge like piece of plant fibre which you use to scrub your body …   English dictionary

  • loofah — /looh feuh/, n. 1. Also called dishcloth gourd, rag gourd. a. any of several tropical vines of the genus Luffa, of the gourd family, bearing large, elongated fruit. b. the fruit of such a vine. 2. Also called vegetable sponge. the dried, fibrous… …   Universalium

  • loofah — noun a) A tropical vine, of the genus Luffa, having almost cylindrical fruit with a spongy, fibrous interior; the dishcloth gourd b) The dried …   Wiktionary

  • loofah — loo|fah [ˈlu:fə] n [Date: 1800 1900; : Arabic; Origin: luf] a rough bath ↑sponge, made from the dried inner part of a tropical fruit …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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